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Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the Abbot and his guests. A rich brown beer seasoned with Anise & Coriander, secondary fermentation in the bottle, based on the brewing tradition of Floreffe Abbey, founded in 1121.

Ale brewed with spices (star anise, orange peel).

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-09-2003)
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allengarvin

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, with a best-before date of April 2004, a year ago. I've had it in my fridge for a couple years.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown, with a quarter-inch of off-white foam atop the beer.

Aroma: Highly fruity (plums, raisins, with a little vanilla).

Taste: Sweet, fairly malty, with an odd licorice flavor. Some pleasant spicy & peppery notes in the middle. Quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, a little watery.

A decent dark Belgian, but not a lot stands out here. I know I've had this before because the label is in my Belgian label photo album, but I don't remember what it was like then.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 03:14:46 | More by allengarvin
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paterlodie

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out perfectly and has a nice yellow head, that's huge stays quiet long though bubbels get bigger and bigger. Goes then quickly leaving laces behind and rests stay all drink long. Color is black with redbrown shine in light.
Smell is candysugar, caramelic and sweet. Further malty and fresh. Taste is caramel, sweet, malty and going then into a bitterness with litle roasttaste and caramel again.
Mouthfeel is full with sweet, bitter, sourness of the roast and carbon dioxide. Like the brew and can recomend it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 18:03:49 | More by paterlodie
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this brew comes in a 750ml brown bottle with cork and cage. The label is white, gold and blue, with a nice drawing of an abbey. Ingredients include cane sugar and spices. Best before 6/18/06, I couldn't wait longer than 12/19/04.

Pours an opaque deep burgundy hue under a 1.5 finger tan head that lacks body but makes up for it with staying power. A couple of wisps of lace cling to the glass, but most of the head just sinks down the glass as the liquid is consumed. Sweet fruit and spice nose, with grape prominent but a touch of perhaps coriander lurking in the background. Well carbonated and slightly sticky mouth coats the tongue nicely. Nice smooth taste, opening with more grape to go with the chewy malt. A raft of spices floats along the surface, tough to pinpoint but adding luxury to the experience. There is also that signature Francophone sweetness in the hops, which leave no bitter impression at all but announce an unmissable presence in the finish. The aftertaste is a refreshing combination of grape and bread. This is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 19:20:52 | More by Globetrotter
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stcules

Italy

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is a full black, with abeautiful stout-like foam.
Smell of anise, plum, cane sugar. Maybe a little too alcoholic. Some velvet sweetness in the background, like vanilla or creme-caramel, but also some burned-toasted hints.
At the taste is malt, toffe, and toasted. And then again anise, plum, and black grape.
Medium body.
In the aftertaste, dark malt, plum and grape. At the end, it is cleraly perceptible the alcoholic again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 19:25:58 | More by stcules
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, but I'll gladly admit the unclear Floreffe glass doesn't easy the task of evaluating its appearance. Head is just fine, off-white, medium-lasting, well-laced. The aroma is great. Very yeasty and heavily malty sweet with notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Also considerable fruitiness among which stood out plums and apples. The taste displays a medium complexity with plenty of fruits like peaches, pears, apples, orange. Well spiced too with its restrained hints at cloves, cinammon and vanilla. Light to medium bodied though, rather carbonated. On the sweet end of belgian ales, but very balanced (despite alcohol being well noticeable) and pleasant to drink. Most definitely my favorite Floreffe.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 05:54:25 | More by Rastacouere
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown pour with a very lively, medium head. The nose was subtle but was highlighted by bubblegum and dark raisin. The taste was also subtle in that the sweetness was not overpowering but more toned down and pleasant. Bubblegum sweetness and a light raisin/grape quality. The finish was semi-dry but only lingered a short while. The mouthfeel was very lively and and full....but not heavy. Plenty of active carbonation. A decent winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 17:35:23 | More by Popsinc
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, use by date September 2001, so its an old bottle, the girl at Bottles in London gave it too me for £2, down from the normal £5, because it was past its use by date. Beautifull dark brown, slightly hazy appearance, with a beautiful white head, with fantastic lace. The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, some roastiness, herbs, raisins and port wine.
Wonderfully smooth, mouth covering stuff, lots of choc and vanilla, and that roasty and herbal notes i picked up in the aroma, are there to finish off, very long finish, with some lovely port wine qualities, nice aged character.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 00:23:44 | More by rastaman
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LarryKemp

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was very dark and had a creamy head that lasted a long time.

Even though it was in a snifter, I got very little aroma. This beer was served way too cold so that might have impacted both the smell and the taste. I was expecting a complex beer and was sorely disappointed. The aroma was subpar. I got very little malt and none of the rich fruitiness I expected. The taste likewise was very average. It was very slightly sweet and had no complexity.

The mouthfeel was light and I could not get any warming from the alcohol.

This was the first beer of the evening and I was surprised that it did not show its stuff. Again maybe the beer was served real cold and it killed its personalilty, but I am not inclined to give it a second chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2003 19:27:27 | More by LarryKemp
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Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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